What was you first experience with the Web/Internet

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    Jul 21, 2009 1:41 PM GMT
    Had this conversation yesterday with a few co-workers, and was wondering about RJ'ers first exposure to the internet.

    Mine was early in 1993, via my BF at the time. He was an engineer at BBN, and his company had done work on the ARPANET, the precursor of the internet. I went to his office and he showed me a NOAA website using the Mosaic browser. He also showed me a room where they were monitoring network traffic. The Northeast and northern CA was just vast white glows with tendrils going throughout the country, and then overseas.
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    Jul 21, 2009 1:44 PM GMT
    It ws in college back in 1995. I discovered the IRC- internet relay chat and became addicted.
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    Jul 21, 2009 1:50 PM GMT
    I got into AOL and the chatrooms in the early '90's.
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    Jul 21, 2009 2:02 PM GMT
    Early High school. 1998-1999. Not my first experience with computers of course, but my first experience with the internet. It was at a net cafe that just opened up. It had a semi-exclusive clientele and the rates were going for around 2 dollars for an hour of surfing (which is pretty steep for a filipino high school student). That was when they still actually served coffee in net cafes LOL.

    I remember the first thing I googled immediately back then (Google was pretty much the only website I knew). Updates on dinosaurs LOL. I even printed out several pictures, laminated them, and posted them in my room.

    Also I remember my first email address. It was made when Eudora's webmail version was still alive.

    And then... I discovered internet porn...

    (Cue *dun dun dun*. Fade to black)

    To be continued...
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    Jul 21, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
    I also remember usenet, and the good old bulletin board systems that people ran in their spare rooms. My first ISP was Compuserve, and I had a screaming 28.8kb modem!
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    Jul 21, 2009 3:04 PM GMT
    1980: Military prototype for the Internet (ARPANET), upon which it was developed, text-based. Sent official Army e-mails, attempted some academic research with participating universities, very clumsy. Almost impossible before browser software unless you knew exactly what you wanted to find, with full text address. Some of the portable "laptops" had cradle muffs into which you inserted a standard desk phone handset, about 300 bps, no screen, everything you typed and received spewed out as thermal paper, like a desk calculator.

    1986: PC Link at home, a subscription 1200 bps dial-up system that used parts of the early Internet, with limited porting to open Internet resources.

    1994: eWorld, a proprietary Apple service, similar to PC Link, via dial-up @ 2400 bps, later 14.4K.

    1994: Subscriptions to several local dial-up BBS services, with limited porting to the Internet, @ 28.8K (when available).

    1995: AOL and Netscape Navigator. My first use of fully graphical Internet browser with modern search capabilities.

    2000: Switch from 56K dial-up service through AOL to cable broadband provider as ISP, less reliance on AOL.

    2005: Dropped AOL account, total reliance upon cable service ISP.

    2008: Transfer to DSL phone service ISP, due to poor cable service in our area (frequent interruptions & slow speed), running @ 3 Mbps.

    2009: Thinking about satellite ISP, especially for notebook.
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    Jul 21, 2009 11:47 PM GMT
    College. Early 90's. First day of school, I was given an email address, a username, password, and a somewhat thick "pamphlet" with some basic instructions on how to send mail on the VAX/VMS mainframe.

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    Jul 22, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    Back in '95 with AOL 3.0 when I was a high school freshman. Back then I mostly chatted in the MTV Yack rooms and the teen chats. And I played this game called Scrambler which was fun. It vastly improved my typing.
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    Jul 22, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
    I got started on dial up a BBS then later moved up to AOL. Those were the days.